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Archive for October, 2011

Eight Hours of Writing about Two Hours of Film: A Review of In Time

by Gary Westfahl Science fiction readers will approach Andrew Niccol’s In Time with a particular question in mind: is this film, as Harlan Ellison’s lawsuit contends, in fact an unauthorized adaptation of his classic story “`Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” (1965)? Unschooled in the finer points of copyright law, I cannot offer a definitive answer, […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

A science-fictiony column this time. In a recent review, Tom Shippey says of the latest Nebula Awards anthology: “you might think that sci-fi was on its last legs: It is almost all fantasy, and such sci-fi as it contains is, again, dystopian.” Certainly no one could entertain such a thought after reading the works reviewed […]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Caitlín R. Kiernan

A few years ago in a Locus interview, Peter Straub spoke of the seldom-acknowledged and hard-to-articulate relationship between the experience of horror and the experience of transcendence, and it may be that one of the reasons it’s hard to articulate is that relatively few horror writers have even tried to take a serious shot at […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

No more Christmas stories in December issues, no Halloween stories for October. Publications Reviewed F&SF, Nov/Dec 2011 Beneath Ceaseless Skies #79, October 2011 Realms of Fantasy, October 2011 Strange Horizons, October 2011 Fantasy Magazine, October 2011 Lightspeed, October 2011 Apex Magazine, October 2011 Three-lobed Burning Eye, September 2011 F&SF, Nov/Dec 2011 The stories this time […]

Some Thing, In the Way, Whenever She Moves: A Review of The Thing

by Gary Westfahl Certain sorts of films, it can be argued, resist all forms of critical analysis. Seemingly made for no purpose other than providing audiences with a series of thrills, they can be evaluated solely on the basis of whether they have been successful in achieving that goal. Thus, watching this third adaptation of […]

Graham Sleight’s Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Thomas M. Disch

Camp Concentration Thomas M. Disch (Rupert Hart-Davis, 178pp, hc) 1968. Discussing J.G. Ballard in this space two months ago, I said that he was, by most conventional measures, not a very good writer. With Thomas M. Disch, Ballard’s near-contemporary of the 1960s New Wave, there’s the opposite problem. Disch was a consummately capable writer, attentive […]

Faren Miller reviews Terry Pratchett

Over the course of Terry Pratchett’s long career in humorous fantasy, the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork has gone through its own changes, rarely as slapstick as the titles of books like Thud! and now the equally-monosyllabic Snuff might suggest. The traditional hatreds between dwarves and trolls, werewolves and vampires, etc., don’t immediately die down when […]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

The December issues of the digests already, the beginning of the end of the reviewing year. Some strong stories in both Asimov’s and Analog. I give the Good Story award to Steve Rasnic Tem’s depressing vision of the ephemerality of our worlds. Publications Reviewed Asimov’s, December 2011 Analog, December 2011 Subterranean, Fall 2011 Interzone #236, […]

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